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Butterball recalls over 14,000 pounds of ground turkey for foreign material contamination


The USDA announced on Wednesday that the products may contain blue plastic.

Butterball has issued a recall on its ground turkey products due to possible plastic contamination, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday.

The North Carolina-based company is recalling “about 14,107 pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with foreign material, especially blue plastic,” according to the government agency.

The recalled items shipped to retail locations nationwide were produced on September 28, 202.1 and include the 2.5 lbs. trays containing “Farm to BUTTERBALL Family All Natural Ground Turkey” plus 3-lb. trays containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY”.

FSIS discovered the problem when it received complaints from consumers about pieces of blue plastic embedded in raw ground turkey products bearing the establishment number “Est.” P-7345 ”inside the USDA inspection mark.

There have been no confirmed reports of injuries from consuming these products, according to the USDA. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

The two affected Butterball ground turkey products have the same case code 50211271.

For more information on the label and the full recall, click here.

“FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumer freezers and / or refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase,” the USDA said.

Consumers who have questions about the recall can contact the Butterball Consumer Hotline at (800) 288-8372 and the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1 -888-674-6854) for other food security questions.